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What Can Environmental Leaders Expect Out of the Incoming EPA?

What Can Environmental Leaders Expect Out of the Incoming EPA?

America’s major corporations may not have as many new regs to follow during the Trump years. But they will probably remain duty-bound to conform to the ones that have been on the books, given that those will be a lot harder to toss out.

Bureau of Land Management Releases Final Natural Gas Methane Rules

Bureau of Land Management Releases Final Natural Gas Methane Rules

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management has released its final rule on methane emissions from natural gas production on federal lands — a rule aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions and raising more revenues for the benefit of taxpayers.

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Oil & Gas Methane Emissions Rule Finalized

The US Interior Department has finalized a rule to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands, part of the Obama administration’s push to finalize several climate and clean energy regulations before president-elect Donald Trump takes office in January. The new methane regulation, proposed earlier … Read more »

SoCalGas Must Mitigate Climate Impacts from Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Leak

Last year’s Aliso Canyon natural gas leak — the largest in US history — emitted 109,000 metric tons of methane. SoCalGas, which operates the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility, will be required to mitigate the climate impacts of the leak by funding projects that reduce methane emissions by an equivalent amount.

A Cleaner, Cheaper Way to Make Plastics and Fuels from Methane?

A new process uses natural gas as raw materials for aromatic chemicals without producing any CO2 emissions. It could be used to produce a range of products including plastics and fuels that are usually petroleum based, the developers say.

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State AGs Call Oil & Gas Methane Rules ‘EPA Overreach,’ File Lawsuits

New oil and gas sector methane emissions standards will be too costly to the industry and represent “EPA overreach,” according to Texas and North Dakota, which are suing the EPA to block the methane rule. The final methane standards, released in May, require the industry to repair leaks and limit … Read more »